Since injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently rather painful, we do our best to help our Asheville patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Myers will tell you that the medical research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease discomfort in the jaw.
For instance, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 patients with temporomandibular disorders who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Individuals were examined prior to these treatments and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The clinicians reported positive outcomes such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw mobility, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another research paper conducted an analysis of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and revealed similar results. They concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease symptoms associated with TMJ and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the triggers of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other factors to consider as well, such as bruxism, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
In fact, Active Release Techniques (ART) and FAKTR are very effective ways to treat TMJ with quick results. No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Myers now and make an appointment to come into our Asheville location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!